Hand-shaped from clay and cast in bronze, Rebecca Warren's sculptures evoke a raw, rough-hewn physicality and an earthy sensuality. Deeply engaged with the history of sculpture and particularly the sculpture of the female nude - historically a predominantly male tradition - the curved, lumped, pulled and pinched forms of Warren's sculptures present an often ribald and always refreshingly contemporary perspective.
For Counter Editions, Warren has exclusively created a new multiple, 'Zhizni' (2010). Modelled in clay and then cast in bronze, 'Zhizni' takes the female figure and pushes it into an exaggerated, distorted form that follows both a cartoonish and classical line.
Rebecca Warren's sculptures develop long-standing lines of sculptural enquiry into the history of art. It's an enquiry that can be traced back to its prehistoric magical inception, through ideals of representation of the human, to modern and postmodern reduction. In this process, inevitably, it takes in the work of canonical male artists such as Boccioni, Degas, Renoir, De Kooning, as well as cartoonist Robert Crumb. Warren's position regarding her antecedents is very much a fluid one, moving from homage to caricature, from celebration to willful dissolution.